Mixed Berry Pain Perdu

Blueberry Syrup:

1/2 cup sugar (next time I'll probably use a little less, like 1/3 cup)

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup light corn syrup

1 Tbsp. cornstarch

2 tsp. lemon juice

2 cups blueberries
Combine sugar and cornstarch in 4 cup or larger pyrex measuring cup.  Add water, syrup, and lemon juice. Stir in blueberries.  Microwave on high power 4 1/2 to 5 minutes or until thickened.  Set aside.

Cream Cheese Orange Filling:

4 oz. cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup powdered sugar

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract and a few drops of orange oil - you could use 1/2 tsp. orange zest, too)

1/2 Tbsp. orange marmalade

Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly.   Using 8 pieces of cinnamon raisin bread, make 4 sandwiches with the filling in between.  Lightly butter the outside of the bread  (use real butter for best flavor).


French Toast:

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

4 tsp. sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

a little freshly grated nutmeg (about 1/8 tsp.)

Combine all ingredients and whisk until thoroughly combined.  Heat a nonstick frying pan or griddle to medium high heat.  Dip each sandwich into the egg mixture, coating evenly.  Fry until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side.

Cut the french toast sandwiches into triangles and dust with powdered sugar.  Serve with homemade blueberry syrup and garnish with fresh strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.